IT Brief Australia logo
Technology news for Australia's largest enterprises
Story image

How Australia can access the connected supply chain

By Contributor
Tue 26 Mar 2019
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Article by Orange Business Services AU MD Kevin Griffen

Logistics and supply chain is a big deal in Australia. It has been estimated to represent around 8.6 per cent of our gross domestic product (GDP) and employ around 1.2 million Australians. For every one per cent increase in efficiency, supply chain and logistics can boost Australia’s GDP by around $2 billion, and this efficiency has positive knock-on implications for industries as diverse as manufacturing, processed food, wholesale and retail, forestry and construction.

Why seek to use new digital technologies in the supply chain? An efficient supply chain that uses smart technologies can augment and enhance decision-making for your human workforce, which in turn generates insights which itself, in turn, can create exponential growth opportunities for your business. The supply chain has always been important to a company, but digital solutions present the opportunity for it to become much more significant still.

The IoT imperative

The Internet of Things (IoT) has already impacted all kinds of industries, and its ability to deliver powerful, valuable business insights via data analysis has big potential benefits for the supply chain. According to Inmarsat, 44 per cent of mining companies believe IoT solutions will help them identify cost saving and efficiency opportunities and that improving cost-effectiveness is a primary objective of their IoT strategy.

According to KPMG, the annual value of IoT to the Australian economy could be as much as $120 billion by 2025: gathering, analysing and utilising data in smart ways will be essential to those companies that want to transform their supply chain operations.

What other digital tools are influencing supply chain?

There are numerous areas and technologies: analytics, automation, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR) and blockchain all have a role to play in addition to IoT solutions. Next generation analytics tools can help simplify complex supply chains and understand where possible bottlenecks or areas of optimisation could be. They can be applied to data sets as diverse as weather, traffic and social media, in addition to from all supply chain segments, to enhance the ‘prescriptive’ power of decision-making in the supply chain process. Data from the market can enable you to anticipate changes in demand patterns and amend supply chain requirements such as production capacity, storage and logistics needs accordingly.

Automated vehicles are making their influence felt too, from on the warehouse floor in the shape of autonomous forklifts and pallet movers, to external transport where hybrid models like truck platooning are being tested. These automated solutions can help reduce labour costs while also improving productivity levels and addressing safety concerns too.

In Australia Rio Tinto, one of the world’s biggest mining companies, recently introduced the “world’s largest robot”, a fully autonomous train that on its maiden journey transported 28,000 tons of iron ore from the company’s Tom Price mine site to the port at Cape Lambert. The train was being monitored remotely by operators in Rio Tinto’s Perth operations centre 1,500 kilometres away and offers great potential efficiencies and cost savings. This is the next generation supply chain thinking, and the company recently announced that it plans to add more autonomous trains to its operation.

Another technology we are seeing make an impact is IoT-connected wearables where solutions like ‘pick-by-vision’ smart glasses give workers optimised picking lists that help them find products in less time, while wearables with scanning capabilities work in harmony with warehouse management systems to keep track of stock levels and inventory in real-time.

On top of wearables, another area where digital tech is having a profound impact in the supply chain is in the time-honoured aspect of asset tracking. Asset traceability has always been a key area in logistics but data and new digital solutions are revolutionising it and its role. Today’s asset tracking systems use IoT, RFID and other technologies like Bluetooth or GPS to record and transmit real-time information on the location and condition of an asset, increasing visibility of assets in the supply chain and improving traceability.

It’s a digital future for supply chain

Australia’s logistics industry now needs to set its eyes on how it can go about digitalizing all the areas of the traditional supply chain. Doing so means a faster time to market, competitive advantage and by generating more data, it can create continuous insights that enhance overall operations.

According to PwC, 67 per cent of organisations in APAC now “consider digital supply chain disruptive and important”, while 40 per cent of companies throughout the region have already deployed technologies like autonomous vehicles, collaboration tools and supply chain analytics. The shift to digital supply chain techniques is well underway and Australia’s companies need to get on board or risk getting left behind.

Related stories
Top stories
Story image
Telstra
Telstra, Google and Accenture launch 5G AR experience for AFL
Telstra, Google and Accenture are developing a new 5G powered augmented reality (AR) experience at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium for the footy season.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Hard numbers: Why ambiguity in cybersecurity no longer adds up
As cybersecurity costs and risks continue to escalate, CEOs continue to struggle with what their investment in cyber protection buys. Getting rid of ambiguity becomes necessary.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Managed service providers: effective scoping to avoid costly vendor pitfalls
Managed security services are outsourced services focusing on the security and resilience of business networks.
Story image
Remote Working
How zero trust and SD-WANs can support productive remote working
The way people connect with applications and data has changed, users are remotely accessing resources that could be stored anywhere from a corporate data center to the cloud.
Story image
Power / Energy
SmartCIC report reveals top five 5G carriers in the world
The Global Cellular Performance Survey also found that 5G networks are delivering high download speeds but lagging in upload speeds.
Story image
Wireless
SmartCIC, BICS partner to expand wireless service options
SmarCIC has partnered with BICS to increase choice for organisations using fixed wireless services, expanding existing carrier relationships for its CELLSMART division.
Story image
Adyen
Adyen expands partnership with Afterpay as BNPL payments increase
Adyen has expanded its partnership with AfterPay allowing more of Adyen’s merchants in more countries worldwide to use the BNPL provider.
Story image
SaaS
Cloudflare launches instant serverless database for dev teams
"Today we’re announcing our first serverless database which we expect will quickly become one of the largest databases in the world."
Story image
Cybersecurity
Video: 10 Minute IT Jams - An update from IronNet
Michael Ehrlich joins us today to discuss the history of IronNet and the crucial role the company plays in the cyber defence space.
Story image
Microsoft
Microsoft unveils adaptive accessories for disability access
Microsoft is introducing an expansive Inclusive Tech Lab to give people with disabilities greater access to technology through new software features and adaptive accessories.
Softiron
For every 10PB of storage run on HyperDrive vs. comparable alternatives, an estimated 6,656 tonnes of CO₂ are saved by reduced energy consumption alone over its lifespan. That’s the equivalent of taking nearly 1,500 cars off the road for a year.
Link image
Story image
Application Security
What are the DDoS attack trend predictions for 2022?
Mitigation and recovery are vital to ensuring brand reputation remains solid in the face of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack and that business growth and innovation can continue.
Story image
Mobility
Hands-on review: STM laptop bags
The advent of hybrid working has meant we need laptop bags. We got our hands on two of the most popular laptop bags from STM.
Story image
SaaS
Absolute Software expands Secure Access product offering
Absolute Software is enhancing its Secure Access product portfolio, enabling minimised risk exposure and optimised user experiences in the hybrid working environment.
Story image
Talend
Talend introduces new data health solutions for businesses
Talend has announced its latest version of Talend Data Fabric, with the release of Talend Trust Score enabling data teams to establish a foundation for data health.
Story image
Microsoft
SAS Viya on Microsoft Azure to deliver 204% return - study
The Forrester Total Economic Impact study finds SAS Viya on Microsoft Azure brings a 204% return on investment over three years.
Exabeam
Find out how a behavioural analytics-driven approach can transform security operations with the new Exabeam commissioned Forrester study.
Link image
Story image
Oracle
Prophecy International migrates VMware environment with Oracle Cloud Solution
The Adelaide-based global provider is using the solution to eliminate the need to re-write applications, therefore allowing the company to enhance its business operations.
Story image
Testing
Google and CSIRO use AI to help protect the Great Barrier Reef
Google has partnered with CSIRO in Australia to implement AI solutions that help protect the Great Barrier Reef.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Updates from Google Workspace set to ease hybrid working troubles
Google Workspace has announced a variety of new features which will utilise Google AI capabilities to help make hybrid working situations more efficient and effective.
Story image
Remote Working
How organisations can meet employees' changing expectations
The global employment market has shifted dramatically in favour of employees, sparking the so-called great resignation, in which people are leaving unsatisfying roles in search of greener pastures.
Story image
Sustainability
Power at the edge: the role of data centers in sustainability
The Singaporean moratorium on new data center projects was recently lifted, with one of the conditions being an increased focus on power efficiency and sustainability.
Story image
Sustainability
Grasping the opportunity to rethink the metrics of a sustainable data centre
A data centre traditionally has two distinct operations teams: the Facility Operations team, and the IT Operations team. Collaboration between them is the key to defining, measuring, and delivering long-term efficiency and sustainability improvements.
Story image
Excel
Could your Excel practices be harming your business?
While Excel has been the de-facto standard for budgeting, planning, and forecasting, is it alone, enough to support organisations in the global marketplace that’s facing rapid changes due to digital transformation?
Story image
Power / Energy
Keysight Technologies introduces new next-gen DPT solution
Keysight Technologies has announced its new next-generation Double-Pulse Tester (DPT) with the PD1550A Advanced Dynamic Power Device Analyser.
Story image
SaaS
Atturra partners with Focus HQ to support Aus organisations
Atturra has executed a partnership agreement with Focus HQ, to resell and support the company's Australian developed SaaS-based portfolio management platform.
Story image
Ransomware
Ingram Micro Cloud adds Bitdefender solutions to marketplace
Ingram Micro Cloud has announced the expanded availability of Bitdefender solutions on the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace.
Story image
BeyondTrust
BeyondTrust integrates Password Safe solution with SailPoint
BeyondTrust has announced the integration of BeyondTrust Password Safe with SailPoint identity security offerings.
Story image
Sift
Sift shares crucial advice for preventing serious ATO breaches
Are you or your business struggling with Account Takeover Fraud (ATO)? One of the latest ebooks from Sift can provide readers with the tools and expertise to help launch them into the new era of account security.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
SAS launches human-focused responsible innovation initiative
SAS has launched a responsible innovation initiative, furthering its commitment to equity and putting people first.
Story image
Wasabi Technologies
Wasabi opens new cloud storage in Australia with Equinix
Wasabi Technologies has opened a new hot cloud storage region in Sydney, Australia, using Equinix services. This is the company's 12th global storage region.
Story image
Cybersecurity
The 'A-B-C' of effective application security
Software applications have been a key tool for businesses for decades, but the way they are designed and operated has changed during the past few years.
Darktrace
Threat actors are exploiting weaknesses in interconnected IT/OT ecosystems. Darktrace illuminates your entire business and takes targeted action to stop emerging attacks.
Link image
Story image
Cybersecurity
CyberArk launches $30M investment fund to advance security
CyberArk has announced the launch of CyberArk Ventures, a $30 million global investment fund dedicated to advancing the next generation of security disruptors.
Story image
Tech job moves
Tech job moves - Datacom, Micro Focus, SnapLogic and VMware
We round up all job appointments from May 6-12, 2022, in one place to keep you updated with the latest from across the tech industries.
Story image
Remote Working
IT teams deploy powerful technologies to enable remote work
"We found that IT teams mastered the challenges of remote work last year in large part by employing powerful yet easy-to-use technologies."
Story image
Manufacturing
HINDSITE wins Aerospace Xelerated Pitch Challenge with solution to support Boeing
Brisbane-based startup HINDSITE was the winner of the first ever Pitch Challenge organised by Aerospace Xelerated in partnership with Queensland XR Hub. 
Story image
Ransomware
Cybersecurity starts with education
In 2021, 80% of Australian organisations responding to the Sophos State of Ransomware study reported being hit by ransomware. 
Story image
Ivanti
Ivanti and Lookout bring zero trust security to hybrid work
Ivanti and Lookout have joined forces to help organisations accelerate cloud adoption and mature their zero trust security posture in the everywhere workplace.
Story image
Cybersecurity
A10 Networks finds over 15 million DDoS weapons in 2021
A10 Networks notes that in the 2H 2021 reporting period, its security research team tracked more than 15.4 million Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) weapons.
Story image
Hawaiki Cable
BW Digital completes acquisition of Hawaiki Submarine Cable
BW Digital has completed its full acquisition of Hawaiki Submarine Cable, with all applicable regulatory filings and approvals now received.
Story image
Public Cloud
Cloud adoption still a work in progress, NetApp finds
NetApp has announced the results of the annual Cloud Infrastructure Report based on a survey of public cloud business and IT decision makers.
Story image
Data Center
Preventing downtime costs and damage with Distributed Infrastructure Management
Distributed Infrastructure Management (DIM) can often be a lifeline for many enterprises that work with highly critical ICT infrastructure and power sources.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Clear Dynamics closes $35M funding round, invests in global growth
The funding is a major milestone and speaks to Clear Dynamics’ vision for AI-enabled ‘composable’ enterprise software, the company states.